Happy Face Oatmeal Monsters


Makes about 14 (4-inch) cookies


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups uncooked quick oats
Granulated sugar
28 candy-coated chocolate pieces or large chocolate chips
Cinnamon red hot candies or red licorice strings
Prepared colored frosting and flaked coconut (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl; set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture at low speed until blended. Stir in oats.
  3. Drop dough by level 1/4 cupfuls 3 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten dough with bottom of glass that has been dipped in granulated sugar until dough is 2 inches in diameter. Press chocolate pieces into cookies for eyes; use cinnamon candies or licorice for mouth.
  4. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are set and edges are golden brown. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire rack; cool completely.
  5. Decorate cookies with frosting and coconut for hair, if desired.

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